Lojong 2: See Everything as a Dream

Last month, we explored the first of 59 lojong slogans (we’re going to be at this for quite some time!)– “Train in the preliminaries”. As folks who regularly hit the cushion and who are committed to being awake during a time in which the easiest thing to do might just to be to go back…

Update: Depth in Practice Study Group (Dharma Study Group)

Tonight’s Depth in Practice Study Group has been canceled. Appamada Austin is in an intensive (retreat). They’ll resume next week, January 30th, with a lecture by a Sanskrit scholar. On February 6, the Depth in Practice Study Group will start reading Lex Hixon’s book, The Mother of Buddhas. This book delves into the Prajnaparamita Sutra,…

New Podcasts Uploaded

I’ve just uploaded this week’s podcasts from Appamada Austin to the RSS feed (for Android podcasting apps), iTunes, and to Google Play. Enjoy!

Gaia Meditation: Week 3

During our 3rd sit together, we briefly explored and sat with they role of our natural world in stirring us from our slumbers. In my recent four-year stint away from Alpine, I think the things for which I was most homesick were the sweeping vistas and the gray expanse of the Milky Way. Aside from…

Resolve to Begin: Training in the Preliminaries

For those of you who were unable to attend the first two weeks of Appamada Alpine, I wanted to give you a summary of what went down (besides butts on cushions) and where we’re going from here. Each Thursday will feature two periods of zazen: one at 6:15am and one at 6:15pm. The morning sit is designed for those of us…